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This is Us – Part Two

 

This Is Us: Connecting

Acts 2:42–47 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship (Koinonia), and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Personal Story-

We spent nine weeks exploring and encouraging our Tab Community in the necessity of having a personal relationship with Holy Spirit.

The second most important key to our living a life in the purpose God has called us is through relationships with each other- Traveling around the world but Clarksville is best!

The Purpose- Genesis 1:28 (NLT) Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

The Plan- Genesis 2:18 (NLT) Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

Life is lived better together-

If Experiencing God is First Step then Connecting to Others is the Next Step- Romans 12:4–5 (NLT) Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Fellowship- 1 John 1:3–4 (NLT) We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.

(Place word and definition on overhead) Koinonia /koy·nohn·ee·ah- fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse.

Fellowship is the Growth Mechanism- Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Jesus Experience- Matthew 3:16–17 (NLT) After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

The Catchers Connect Group- Matthew 4:18–22 (NLT) One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

Invite into Life- Matthew 4:21-22 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

It Takes a Group:

  • Judas to use you- Mark 14:10 (NLT) Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them.

  • Peter to look out for you- Matthew 16:22 (NLT) But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”

  • Thomas to prove you- John 20:27–28 (NLT) Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

  • John to Love You- John 21:20 (NLT) Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?”

  • Andrew and Philip to go invite others into the group- John 1:41 (NLT) Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).

Philip- John 1:45–46 (NLT)  Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

Growth Strategy- Acts 1:15 (NLT) During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.

Three Thousand- Acts 2:41 (NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Start Connect Groups- Acts 2:46–47 (NLT)  They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

The Highest Level of Intimacy? Experiencing God together.

The Ramp Experience– A conversation about what just happened.

The foundation of ministry movement is to take shared experiences and go share them with othersLuke 10:1–2 (NLT) The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.

Close:

Three Things Connect Groups will Provide:

    1. A place to connect with others-

    1. A place to be accountable to each other- 1 John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

    1. A place to grow together- Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

How Do We Connect?

  1. Place Value on Relationships

  2. Go to mytab.us

  3. Commit for a Semester

The Wii- Koinonia is a participation Sport-

There are some things you can pray into your life-

There are some things you can study into your life-

But there are some things you have to relationship into your life-

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